Can You Use iTunes on Android?

by Sandra Henshaw - , Last Updated on February 15, 2016, How To Guides

For a long time, iTunes was simply the way we listened to (and bought) music. If you were the cool kid on the block, you had an iPod, and therefore you kept all your tracks in iTunes. Nowadays, of course, there are a whole host of different ways to keep, buy and store music, but if you’ve got a huge iTunes library, then switching might seem like a bit of a pain. That’s why we’re taking a look at iTunes and Android compatibility. If you’ve got an iPhone, using iTunes is no problemo, but Android users don’t have easy options. Can you use iTunes with Android? Read on to find out.

Good News and Bad News

Alrighty, there’s good news and bad news here. The bad news is that no, you can’t technically use iTunes with your Android phone. By that we mean there’s no iTunes app for you to download, and no way that you can click and play. But there’s good news too, and that’s that not all is lost. There are ways of getting those iTunes tracks onto your phone, and we’re going to look at three of the best ways so you’ve even got some choice.

Each of the below methods has it’s good and bad points, so choose carefully. However, they’re all pretty easy to do, though some are more time consuming than others.

The Basic Method

The most basic method that you can use is simply a question of copying files. You’ll need to plug your phone into your computer (make sure that the phone is switched to storage mode if you’re given an option to do so). On your computer open up file explorer for your phone and find a folder called music. Then, open up your iTunes folder (not the iTunes programme itself, simply the folder where the tracks are stored), and click and drag whatever songs or albums you want over to your phone’s music storage folder. Easy.

The good side here is that the method is simple, though it might take a while depending on how many songs you want to move and how many tracks you have to wade through in iTunes to find what you want. There are a couple of bad sides though. Firstly, this is manual, you will be doing all the work, it’s not an automatic transfer process that you can leave running while you do something else. Then there’s a question of storage. Your phone has a limited amount of storage, meaning there’s a limit to the amount of songs you can transfer. You can combat this a little by using an SD card with your phone, but still, there’s eventually going to be a time when you run out of space. Hardly ideal if you’re a big music lover.

The Compromise Method

There is a way that you can get around some of the negative sides of manually transferring your music, and that’s by using an intermediary. You’ll find plenty of apps in the Google Play store that are designed to help you move iTunes music to your Android phone. The easiest to use of these apps is probably iSyncr.

Download the app to your phone and also to your computer, plug your phone into your PC with a USB cable, then open up iSyncr on your desktop. You should get a window that asks what you’d like to transfer, so tick the box next to your iTunes library (or open it up and just tick the songs or albums that you want), and then walk away leaving the app to do its thing. When iSyncr is done you should be able to access those music files on your phone, and can use them with any music player you choose.

Using an app like iSyncr has the benefit of being faster than doing things manually, plus, it’s automated, so once you’ve decided which files to transfer, you can simply leave it running and let it do its job. However, this doesn’t solve the whole storage problem. Once again, you’ve got a limited amount of storage on your device, even if you’re using an SD card, and sooner or later you’re just going to run out of space. And that’s where our third method comes in.

The Pro Method

Our last method solves both the manual/automation problem and the storage problem, and it’s pretty darn easy to boot. You’ve got an Android, therefore you’ve got access to all of Google’s online storage facilities, including a neat little programme called Google Play Music. With GPM you can store up to 50,000 songs for free, and you can access them from any online device (meaning you can get them on your phone, PC, or whatever).

The process itself is extremely easy, though best done from a desk top rather than on mobile. Go to the Google Play store on your computer, click through to the music section, then hit my music, then follow the instructions to download your tracks into your library. Just tell Google to search for music files and it will do all the work for you, scouring your PC for all your music and automatically transferring it to your online GPM account. You can download the Google Music Manager app to your PC to make this process even easier (though we simply did it online and it was a cinch). Once you’re done, download the Google Play Music app onto your phone and enjoy your music wherever you are, as long as you’ve got an internet connection.

Pros? It’s easy, it’s free, it’s automated, and you really won’t need to worry about storage (you can even buy more storage space if necessary). Cons? You will need an internet connection to get your music, meaning WiFi or a data plan, which might not always be possible. Other than that though, switching your tracks from iTunes to Google Play Music is pretty awesome.

If you want to enjoy those iTunes tracks on your Android device you are going to have to spend a little time moving music around and making sure you have what you need. The good news though is that time is all this should cost you, since all three of our above methods are totally free!